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Tropical depression moves away

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, January 06, 2014

A TROPICAL depression located about 220 kilometres East North East of Lakeba on Saturday night has slowly moved away from the Lau Group.

The depression had triggered a strong wind warning from the Fiji Meteorological Services after 45-55 kilometres per hour gusts were predicted to have been caused by the system as it moved to the south of the group at 15 kilometres per hour.

However, FMS acting director Aminiasi Tuidraki said the depression was now slowly moving away from the group at a South Easterly direction.

"We issued the warning last night (Saturday) because we saw that it had moved towards the South East," he said.

"It was following this track yesterday and from the environment that it had, we had forecasted that wind speeds from the system would be strong.

"For the safety of mariners and people in the Lau Group, we had to issue a strong wind warning and for people to be safe and away from danger."

Mr Tuidraki said various environmental elements had contributed to the change in direction of the system.

"We saw that the ridge of high pressure on the east and west was pushing the system down and having an impact on its development."

He said the system was following a south westerly path and slowly moving away from the group yesterday morning.

"At this point, it is safe to say that the system will not develop into a tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours.

"So we are monitoring the system and will issue forecasts when the need arises."